The man himself dismissed claims that the expedition was too risky: saying "You just must not think about getting old. If you still are lucky enough to be able to walk around not stooped, no crutch, no Zimmer frame then you might as well go for it": words to live by.
The team of explorers will leave London this December and start 100 years since Captain Scott's death in Antarctica (March 2013). Captain Scott was the explorer who lead the British team to the south pole in a race against the Norwegians (who pipped us to the post, or pole).
If all goes to plan then the team should have raised £10m for the blindness charity, discovered vital scientific information on global warming and arrived at their destination by Saturday, 21st September 2013 (international peace day). The team however will not be back in the UK by January 2014 (due to difficulty with travel).